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Meet the White Ibis :



Today we discuss a white-feathered colonial waterbird with a long, curved beak. Let’s meet the white ibis.

The white ibis (Eudocimus albus) is known as the ibis blanco in Spanish. It’s an exact translation but the pronunciation of ibis changes from ‘eye-bus’ to ‘ee-bees.’

Being a nearly all white waterbird, you could be excused for confusing it with a snowy egret or cattle egret at first glance. That is, until you see the beak. While the afore mentioned birds’ beaks are straight and come to a sharp point, the white ibis’ beak is long with a downward facing curve and the end is more blunted.

While juvenile white ibises are a scruffy brown, the adult’s plumage is all white except for the black tips of their wings. Their beaks and legs could quickly be described as red, but there’s more to it if you dig a little deeper. I noticed that in a few of my camera trap videos the beaks and legs of the white ibises were a brilliant, bright red and in others the colors were more muted.

It turns out that their colors ramp into high gear at the beginning, or display stage, of the breeding season, when all of the ibises are eyeballing each other trying to pick a suitable mate. As the breeding season progresses the brilliant colors start to fade. It’s like wearing a perfectly tailored suit on the first few dates and then settling into sweatpants once the relationship is locked in.

Speaking of breeding season, the white ibis is a colonial breeder. They gather in huge groups to make nests and usher in the next generation of ibises. The famous Isla de Pájaros in the Golf of Nicoya is a breeding site for white ibis along with several other species of birds.

White ibises are always found near water, sometimes freshwater, sometimes salt water. They’ll happily eat small creatures above the water’s edge, where they locate prey by sight and peck away. In shallow water or in muddy substrate, mudflats recently exposed by the receding tide for instance, they use a different method. In this environment, they are tactile, non-visual foragers. They insert their curved beaks into the water or mud and feel around for crabs, crustaceans, water insects and small fish.

I live minutes from the beach in Guanacaste, so if I spend enough time looking up in my front yard, I’m bound to see a white ibis or two fly by. I also see and record them fairly frequently in the streams or estuaries of projects along the coast. The most consistent source of white ibis videos that I’ve come across to date was in Las Baulas National Park. I had a few cameras in the park’s mangrove swamps for a few months, and I recorded a ton of white ibis videos, a few of which are included in the video below.

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Vincent Losasso, founder of Guanacaste Wildlife Monitoring, is a biologist who works with camera traps throughout Costa Rica. Learn more about his projects on facebook or instagram. You can also email him at:

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Are You a Cycling Lover?  Expo Bike 2023 Will Bring the Latest Trends in This Sport



With the aim of promoting a greater culture of cycle-inclusion in the country;  That is to say, that cycling and means of transportation such as the bicycle have greater visibility as generators of physical and mental health among the Costa Rican population, the Metro y Medio Foundation will hold the second edition of Expo Bike 2023.

 According to data from the Strava digital platform, the use of bicycles as a means of transportation and for exercise has shown a growing trend in the last five years in Costa Rica.  Specifically, in 2018, 4,500 Costa Rican cyclists were registered on the platform.  By 2020, this number increased to 7,800, a figure that remains stable until now in 2023.

 These figures, stated Alejandro López, executive director of the Metro y Medio Foundation and organizer of Expo Bike 2023, show the importance that this sport and means of mobility has taken on in the country.  Because of this, he states, it is increasingly important to develop events that allow citizens to have greater awareness and coexistence with this means of transportation.

Cycle inclusion

 “Cycle inclusion is a reality in developed countries since they have incorporated the benefits generated by cycling into their government policies.  This both at the level of economic, health and social reactivation.  These countries have created legal and infrastructure spaces for cycling to continue developing with greater ease.  Precisely, the main objective of Expo Bike 2023 is to make visible all the health, economic and environmental benefits that cycling brings with it,” López mentioned.

Bringing together cycling lovers

 He added that Expo Bike 2023 will bring together cycling lovers, industry professionals, manufacturers of bicycles, cycling-related accessories and equipment, as well as the general public.

Expo Bike 2023

 This Expo will be held next Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 2023, at the Old Customs facilities, in San José.  Admission to Expo Bike 2023 will be free.  It is projected that more than 5 thousand people will attend the Expo.  In addition, there will be 100 stands where you can observe the most recent trends around cycling and sustainable mobility.

 Those interested in attending either day can obtain their ticket by registering on:

 “In these types of events, new developments are usually presented in terms of products, technology, trends and activities related to the world of bicycles.  It can also include competitions, talks, product demos and opportunities for the cycling community to connect and share their passion for cycling,” said López.


 As part of the activities of Expo Bike 2023, the Cycling Mobility and Safety Route will be carried out, which will take place on Saturday, October 7 thanks to an agreement with the Municipality of Montes de Oca.  This consists of carrying out a recreational cycling route between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  All categories and types of cycling can participate, since it is an event focused on the enjoyment of the whole family.  For its part, on Sunday, October 8, a competitive training session will take place.  Your departure will be at the Old Customs facilities, you will go to the Orosí Valley, and from there you will return to the Old Customs. 

Both activities will be free and likewise, there will be various talks and training for both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers.  Some of the topics that will be developed are: Traffic Law 9078 and its impact on cyclists and urban mobility;  Law 9660 on Mobility and Cycling Safety;  More frequent traffic accidents against cyclists;  and a practical workshop on the correct way cyclists should ride in a peloton;  in addition to a talk about the main traffic signs that people who travel by bicycle should know.  Sustainability issues will also be covered, specifically the recently approved IFRS S1 and S2 standards and how cycling can be an axis in the fight against climate change.

 Another novelty is that Expo Bike 2023 will venture into sustainable mobility, through the presence and exhibition of electric bicycles, which will be part of the activity.

 Additionally, there will be Food Trucks located on the esplanade of the Old Customs so that visitors have food spaces.  There will also be family activities, and there will be various surprises for the enjoyment of all attendees, such as raffles and royalties from the event sponsors.

 “We want to give visibility to cycling and democratize the use of the bicycle as a sustainable means of transportation and catalyst against climate change,” concluded López.

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Guatemala Prosecutor Accuses Electoral Body of Fraud, Abuse :



Guatemala’s prosecutor’s office requested on Wednesday the removal of immunity from the electoral magistrates for alleged irregularities in the acquisition of a computer system for the presidential elections this year, which the social democrat Bernardo Arévalo won.

The request was filed with the Supreme Court of Justice “for the possible commission of the crimes of fraud, breach of duties and abuse of authority” by the four incumbent magistrates and an equal number of alternates, prosecutor’s office spokesperson Juan Luis Pantaleón told journalists.

The spokesperson said the legal action is being carried out following a complaint filed on June 29 against the full panel of magistrates of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), as well as the entity’s computer department.

The prosecutor’s office, headed by Attorney General Consuelo Porras, has undertaken a crusade against the TSE and Arévalo’s Semilla political party for alleged irregularities in the registration of members for its founding in 2017.

On September 14, President-elect Arévalo asked for the removal of immunity from Porras and Judge Fredy Orellana, whom he accuses of orchestrating a “coup d’état” and preventing him from taking office on January 14 to replace right-winger Alejandro Giammattei.

The legal persecution against Semilla began after Arévalo came in second in the June 25 elections and went to a runoff, where he defeated former first lady Sandra Torres on August 20.

The alleged irregularities

Pantaleón detailed that the magistrates may have incurred possible irregularities by signing an administrative contract for the computer program for the Transmission of Preliminary Electoral Results (TREP).

The TREP was acquired for about $19.3 million from a local company and served to count the voting certificates that were entered into the system and expedite the preliminary results of the elections.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the high officials committed fraud against the State by acquiring a service about $4.5 million more expensive than the one offered by another company.

TSE President Irma Palencia rejected the accusation on Wednesday night at a press conference and argued that the winning firm “was more efficient, robust, offered us alternative plans and the other did not have the degree of maturity we were looking for.”

Likewise, she expressed her concern about the persecution undertaken by the prosecutor’s office, after announcing that they are analyzing “what the legal position is that we are going to take in the face of this, although of course it is a political trial and we have that very clear.”

According to the prosecutor’s office, among the illegalities is also the fact that the company that provided the software recommended to the entity that acted as supervisor “usurping public functions and duties inherent to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, such as the summation and transmission of votes.”

That action “is illegal because there is a conflict of interest, since supervision cannot be carried out by an entity that the provider itself recommends,” he insisted.

However, Palencia assured that the results offered by the TREP were not binding and the vote count is the responsibility of the voting tables made up of citizens and party poll watchers.

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Kevin Costner is on Vacation in Costa Rica ⋆ The Costa Rica News



Kevin Costner, American actor, director and screenwriter, is on vacation in Costa Rica. As reported by the General Directorate of Immigration and Immigration, the famous Hollywood actor arrived last Monday afternoon at the Juan Santamaría International Airport aboard a private plane.

 According to some followers who recognized him, the flight arrived around 4 p.m.  and he did not arrive alone, since he traveled with a group of people who it is not known if they are family, friends or his work team.

 As reported by La Garita Costa Rica News, Ariel Ortiz Hinojosa, who works for the airport taxi company, was one of those who recognized him and asked him for a souvenir photograph.

Very friendly to locals

 According to what the worker told the aforementioned media, the actor was very friendly and even got out of the car in which he was leaving to take a photo with him.

 At the moment it is not known where the 68-year-old American is in the country. The actor is going through a controversial divorce process.

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